What does the word tongs mean?

Usage examples for tongs

  1. He refilled his pipe and motioned toward the tongs. – The Puppet Crown by Harold MacGrath
  2. Then they went at it- hammer and tongs. – A Frontier Mystery by Bertram Mitford
  3. My tongs, my vessel, myself brought it aboard! – Tales of the Chesapeake by George Alfred Townsend